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  • Sarah Rossmiller LPC

Cutting Off Contact with Parents as an Adult: Exploring Alternatives Beforehand

The decision to cut off contact with your parents is a deeply personal one, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It's important to recognize that no one else can dictate what you should or shouldn't be willing to tolerate or forgive, or whether repairing and reconciling are feasible options. It's important to prioritize your own mental and emotional health throughout this process.

If you're an adult contemplating the difficult decision to cut off contact with your parents but you want to explore any potential alternatives first, below are some actions you can try before making the final decision.

Implement Open Communication

Initiate an open and honest conversation with your parents about the issues that are causing distress. Sometimes, simply expressing your feelings and concerns can lead to a better understanding and resolution.

Try Counseling or Therapy

Set Boundaries

Seek Mediation


Strengthen you Support System

Take Some Time Apart

Consider the Long-Term Impact

Consider Any Legal or Financial Issues

Improve Your Conflict Resolution Skills

Get Therapy for Yourself

Set Realistic Expectations

Read a Book

Working on challenging family relationships can enhance communication, strengthen bonds, and provide emotional support, promoting individual well-being and family unity. Nonetheless, in cases of extreme toxicity, trauma, or abuse, the choice to sever contact may be necessary, and in future posts, we will explore how to navigate this decision and cope with the associated grief, even when it's the best choice for well-being.


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